Scientists vindicated in BP Gulf Oil Disaster

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    Microbes are Eating BP Oil Without Using up Oxygen

    Government scientists studying the BP disaster are reporting the best possible outcome: microbes are consuming the oil in the Gulf without depleting the oxygen in the water and creating "dead zones" where fish cannot survive. Outside scientists said this so far vindicates the difficult and much-debated decision by BP and the government to use massive amounts of chemical dispersants deep underwater to break up the oil before it reached the surface. Oxygen levels in some places where the BP oil spilled are down by 20 percent, but that is not nearly low enough to create dead zones, according to the 95-page report released Tuesday. In an unusual move, BP released 771,000 gallons of chemical dispersant about a mile deep, right at the spewing wellhead instead of on the surface, to break down the oil into tiny droplets.

    Louisiana State University researcher Ed Overton, who also was part of that meeting, said he feels vindicated. "Right now it looks like an incredibly good idea," he said. "It was a risky but necessary application. Damage was going to be done somewhere."

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    I thought the papers were saying is just "evaporated". Now we know 94% of the truth. I wonder what the other 6% is?
     
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    they were republicans.

    the top 6% of scientists are republicans-everyone knows.
     
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    94% of scientists believe in evolution.
     
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    Link?
     
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    6% believe in revolution. :eek:
     
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    I concur, provide a link that proves this claim.
     
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    99% of science teachers in college that teach Bioloby believe in evolution.
    They believe in gravity also. Not hard to do either as they are fact.
    Some question the theory of gravity also.
     
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    Most folks do not have a clue what evolution is. They believe it is man came from monkey.
     
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    I was joking. I only said 94% because it left 6%.

    The truth is that 97% of scientists believe in evolution:

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    Public Praises Science; Scientists Fault Public, Media: Section 5: Evolution, Climate Change and Other Issues - Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

    With the Internet and the Science channel, only an idiot could possibly believe it's less than 97%.

    If you want to protect your "occult" beliefs, fine, but you can't possibly expect such learned people to believe nonsense like, "Mystical Creation".
     
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    They also got lucky with the currents at the time, that limited the spread towards the coastline. Dispersants helped with both biological breakdown and evaporation by increasing the overall surface area of the water/oil and oil/air interface. I guess all the skimming and burning of what did reach the surface helped as well.

    Engineering (which this was) is not science, sometimes you make the wrong call, sometimes the right. This appears to be more right calls then wrong in the response.

    I really don't see how it could have gone better short of being able to place a secure cap on the gusher right after the leak.
     

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